The Life and Times of the Late Demon Rum

The Life and Times of the Late Demon Rum

J.C. Furnas / Feb 26, 2020
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  • Title: The Life and Times of the Late Demon Rum
  • Author: J.C. Furnas
  • ISBN: 9780399502996
  • Page: 127
  • Format: Paperback
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      J.C. Furnas

    About "J.C. Furnas"

      • J.C. Furnas

        Full name Joseph Chamberlain Furnas.


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    1. With barely concealed glee, masterful cultural historian J.C Furnas tackles the shrill champions of the temperance movement The Life and Times of the Late Demon Rumis a detailed, thoughtful, and often very funny history of how the idea of temperance, a word that initially meant moderation, eventually evolved into a hysterical assault against a key element of human culture social drinking In the course of the story, Furnas introduces many altruistic and wonderfully eccentric characters, as well a [...]


    2. I found this book to be a readable, enjoyable look at the once mighty dry movement that brought Prohibition down on the land, from a point of view that acknowledges that many of the dry crusaders had reasons for what they did a lot of saloons, particularly in the late 1800s and early 1900s, were really not nice places, and early Americans drank enough to qualify as borderline alcoholics, all too often but that they took it much too far Temperance, after all, means moderation A lot of the mawkish [...]


    3. This is a very straightforward and amusing history of America s flirtation with sobriety It is a good history of attempts in this country to control or ban the use of alcohol It is easy to forget that there was a Constitutional Amendment, lasting from 1920 to 1933, prohibiting the sale of alcohol J C Furnas is an excellent social historian His book is not merely funny It makes the point that efforts to control people s drinking habits often creates larger problems The rise of organized crime in [...]


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